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dic­tate what will sound best, so ex­per­i­ment with both align­ments, and use the one that gives the best high-fre­quency sound and the best imag­ing.

When I first fired these speak­ers up, I was im­me­di­ately sur­prised by how in­ef­fi­cient they were… which I knew in­stantly be­cause I was hav­ing to turn my pream­pli­fier’s vol­ume con­trol far fur­ther clock­wise than I usu­ally do with my own speak­ers, which have an ef­fi­ciency of 87dBSPL/w/m, to reach my pre­ferred lis­ten­ing lev­els. ( Ed­i­tor’s Note: When asked about this, Craw­ford said he’d traded off ef­fi­ciency to gain in­creased fre­quency re­sponse smooth­ness and greater low- and high-fre­quency ex­ten­sion and that this is why he rec­om­mends a min­i­mum am­pli­fier power of 50-watts per chan­nel [and up to 200-watts] for use with this de­sign. G.B.) they weave are mag­i­cal and, when you turn the vol­ume up, the re­al­ism pal­pa­ble.

How much power do you need to get the speak­ers play­ing at this vol­ume? My power amp is rated at 110-watts per chan­nel and I thought it drove the Kurre 8s per­fectly but, ob­vi­ously, more power would not go astray, and you could eas­ily get away with a lit­tle less, de­pend­ing on the size of your room and the lev­els you nor­mally lis­ten.

CON­CLU­SION

These are su­perb-sound­ing, in­cred­i­bly ac­cu­rate speak­ers with su­per-clean, truly depthy bass, com­ple­mented by a beau­ti­fully ex­tended tre­ble. And (de­spite a slightly ‘Scot­tish’ her­itage) they’re made right here in Aus­tralia! Lit­tle beau­ties, I reckon. Ed Miles

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